Christopher P. Chapman

President and Chief Executive Officer

Chris has served as president and chief executive officer of AccessLex Institute since January 2008 and joined its Board of Directors in 2012.

Immediately prior to joining AccessLex, Chris was the president and chief executive officer of ALL Student Loan, a California-based nonprofit student loan provider, from 2001 to 2007. Earlier, he served as vice president of Student Loan Funding Resources, a student loan originator and secondary market, and as director of its joint venture loan servicing company. From 1999–2000, Chris practiced law as a senior attorney with Calfee, Halter & Griswold, LLP, working in its corporate, public finance and higher education practice areas. His early career was spent in the policy arena as special assistant and policy counsel for two members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Chris has served on numerous nonprofit boards, committees and task forces throughout his career, most recently as a member of the American Bar Association’s Task Force of the Future of the Financing of Legal Education and the University of Cincinnati College of Law Board of Visitors.

Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Xavier University, his post-baccalaureate Certificate in finance and accounting from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Chris is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

 

Debra C. Swartz

Senior Vice President—General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Debbie is responsible for the organization’s legal, internal audit and compliance functions. Debbie joined AccessLex Institute in 2013.

Prior to joining AccessLex, Debbie was associate general counsel and chief compliance officer for AmerisourceBergen Corporation, a national pharmaceutical distributor; and in private practice as a complex commercial litigator. She speaks regularly on a variety of legal and compliance topics, including records and information management, e-discovery and social media.

Debbie has served in several not-for-profit board of director roles and is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group and the Forum of Executive Women. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Swarthmore College with a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in history, and received her Juris Doctorate from University of Pennsylvania Law School.

 

Aaron N. Taylor

Executive Director—AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence

Aaron provides leadership and oversight for the AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence in Washington, DC. He joined AccessLex Institute in June 2017 from St. Louis University School of Law, where he was a member of the law school faculty.

Before joining SLU LAW, Aaron served as associate dean for admissions and scholarships at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. He also co-directed the law school’s Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program, a pipeline initiative premised on fostering diversity within legal education and the profession. Aaron joined Bowen from Harvard University, where he directed admissions for five master’s degree programs in the Graduate School of Education. Prior to that, he practiced ethics law in Washington, D.C.

In fall 2013, Aaron began his tenure as director of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement, a national study that seeks to measure the effects of legal education on students, and he continues that service today.

Aaron’s scholarly articles have appeared in journals published by American University, Howard University, University of Notre Dame, and University of New Mexico. His commentaries have appeared in numerous publications, including the Chronicle of Higher Education and the South Florida Sun Sentinel. He is also a frequent media commentator on education and diversity issues.

Aaron received a bachelor of arts in political science from North Carolina A&T State University, a juris doctor from Howard University, and a doctorate in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University. He is also an alumnus of the Harvard University Administrative Fellowship Program.

 

Cynthia Cassity

Senior Vice President—Education and Strategic Engagement

Cynthia provides leadership and oversight for the company’s Center for Education and Financial Capability. She is also responsible for the overall management and execution of integrated marketing and brand awareness activities, corporate communications, media relations, meetings and events, collateral and publications development, and the enhancement of audience and stakeholder confidence and commitment.

Cynthia worked in numerous marketing-related roles prior to joining AccessLex Institute in 2005. She has held positions with Grey Advertising, the American College of Physicians, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), The Catalyst Group, and was principal of her own successful marketing and event planning company. Her 25-year career spans the association, corporate and international markets.

Cynthia earned her Bachelor’s degree in communications with emphases in journalism and speech from Ithaca College, receiving a Scripps Howard Foundation scholarship for academic excellence and professional promise in the field of journalism. Throughout her career, Cynthia also achieved the Certified Meeting Professional designation, and most recently, a certificate in nonprofit board management.

 

David Ramage

Vice President—Investments and Corporate Development

David is responsible for leading investment activities for AccessLex Institute, including investment strategy and asset allocation. In addition, David helps to develop and implement the company’s corporate development activities. David joined AccessLex Institute in July 2014.

Prior to joining AccessLex, David served as managing director of Evolution Capital, where he was a co-portfolio manager for the firm’s investment strategies. His prior experience includes portfolio management positions with StoneRidge Investment Partners, Emerald Advisors and Advent Capital Management. David was also a manager with Ernst & Young Management Consulting’s financial advisory practice.

David has a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Business Administration in finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

 

Samuel Greenhalgh, Jr, CPA

Vice President—Controller

Sam is responsible for AccessLex Institute’s accounting, tax, financial reporting and administrative functions. He joined AccessLex in 2016.

Prior to joining AccessLex, Sam excelled as a CPA serving in various roles within the public accounting sector. He planned, administered and managed financial, compliance and operational auditing and accounting engagements for a diverse client base that encompassed a wide range of industries, including financial services, business and professional services, real estate, consumer products, health care, manufacturing and employee benefit plan services.

Sam has a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Albright College. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Pennsylvania and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.